“Brain fog” is not a clinical term but describes a very real state where a person experiences a lack of mental clarity, has trouble focusing on a thought or idea, and has a memory that is a little hazy. Not a medical condition itself, brain fog is a symptom of other conditions and can be brought on by a variety of reasons. Stress, lack of regular sleep, poor diet, medication, and even hormonal changes brought on by pregnancy can be contributing factors.
Those who believe they’re suffering from brain fog might ask the following question: how do I get rid of it? Below are some great ways to get started.
Neurological disorders and even mild cognitive dysfunction are prevalent in individuals who suffer from inactivity. Increased activity turns into increased mental acuity. It can also mean a sharper memory and improved moods.
Exercise causes the release of helpful chemical messengers called cytokines as well as chemicals called endorphins. Cytokines have been shown to promote equilibrium in the brain, and endorphins trigger positive feelings in the body. Engaging in some activity you find enjoyable every day can help keep the levels of these chemicals in the body up and brain fog at bay. Activities such as walking, running, and dancing will get moods up and brain fog to ship out!
Become a Better Sleeper
That’s right. Becoming an effective sleeper can alleviate brain fog. The mistake we all make when it comes to working as well as life’s daily activities is to cut down on sleep time in order to accomplish them. A common belief in modern life is that staying up late or getting up early in the morning to work equals productivity. These practices can and often backfire.
Cognitive abilities decrease as hours of rest decrease. Experts recommend adults get seven to nine hours of sleep per night. The benefits of getting adequate rest will be increased quality of work, increased productivity, and decreased brain fog.
Learn to Relax
While running, walking, or taking a dance class works wonders for clearing the mind of unwanted fogginess, it is also important to engage in quiet activities that tune one into the mind as well as their surroundings. Relaxing activities such as meditation and yoga have been shown to lower stress, inflammation, and sharpen the mind.
Improve Your Diet
Don’t eat less to combat brain fog, just better. The human brain is made up of fat and protein. Would it make sense to eat less of these things? Probably not. High sugar intake is not the brain’s favorite. Vegetables, protein, and some good fat is a much better way to go. Omega-3 fatty acids (because they are anti-inflammatory) are also a good source of nourishment because they boost the body’s natural energy production and regeneration with essential vitamins and minerals.
Sound Like a Broken Record
Having trouble remembering names or dates? Repetition can help. Repeating something often enough strengthens the memory of it. Repeating someone’s name whom you’ve just met for example or committing something to memory after you’ve written it down can help increase memory and decrease brain fog.
Get Rid of Brain Fog in Providence, RI
Beth VanWormer, CphT, and Anthony Spardello at Vitality IV can explain how IV infusion therapy helps the effects of brain fog slowly dissipate, putting you back at the very top of your game. Call (401) 443-4007 for a consultation or make an appointment through our website today to get started.